Izzy Taylor was born into an equestrian family in 1983 and started riding at a very young age. Throughout her junior years, she was a member of the Whaddon Chase Pony Club and it was with them that she experienced her first taste of eventing.
Following her completion of school education, she was offered places at both Bath and Loughborough Universities to study Sports Science but during a trip to Ballindenisk on the reserve pony team (where she finished 5th), Izzy decided that her future was with horses and eventing.
Prior to setting up on her own in 2006, Izzy worked and rode for many reputable names in the sport including Sam & Linda Barr, Markus Fuchs and the Opposition Stud.
In 2008 she picked up catch rides on Briarlands Blackberry and Briarlands Matilda due to their then rider Tristram Owers breaking his ankle. She went on to keep these rides and came 3rd on Matilda at Blenheim in 2009, the same year in which her first child, Lily was born.
Her second child, Freddie arrived in 2011 after which followed continued success. She was 7th at Burghley CCI**** 2012, 3rd at Bramham CCI*** 2012, and as a rider finished 11th in the British Eventing Rankings for 2012 with KBIS Briarlands Matilda 13th in the list of top 20 horses for British Eventing.
In 2013, Izzy was accepted onto the BE World Class Elite Performance Squad with 3 horses being accepted onto the World Class Equine Pathway. She represented GB in 5 FEI Nations Cup Events.
At the end of the 2013 season, five of the horses that she rode were in the top 100 horses for 2013 & as a rider, Izzy ended the season in fourth place in the 2013 BE rankings and was the highest woman!
A fantastic 2014 season followed; Izzy was a member of the 2014 GBR Team for the series of ‘FEI Nations Cup Team Competitions’ where Britain came 2nd in the series. She took part in three of the competitions, where she finished as the highest placed Brit in all three.
2015 saw Izzy being asked to swap eventing for racing taking part in The Magnolia Cup at Glorious Goodwood. The exciting challenge saw her race against other equestrian women whilst raising money for charity.
We watched Izzy and her team of horses go from strength to strength throughout 2015. Travelling up to Blair Castle with fellow WW sponsored rider and friend Kitty King, they came home as the highest placed individual British riders at the Longines FEI European eventing championships. Izzy rode an impressive cross country round to be one of a handful of riders to finish within the time, on a challenging Ian Stark course in driving rain - making it look easy.
Izzy has attacked the first half of 2016 with focus and determination, competiting more horses at events than most other riders. A highly placed member of the Nation's Cup Teams in Fontainbleau, Ballindenisk and Strzegom she was out to show the Olympic selectors that she was a serious contender. Badminton Horse Trials in May saw Izzy's whole team come away with prizes galore, she was 8th overall with the talented Allercombe Ellie, whilst her head girl and farrier also scooped top prizes in their fields.
As you can imagine all at Woof Wear were over the moon when Izzy and Allercombe Ellie were selected for the British Olympic team in June. Unforunately an injury picked up during team training meant that they had to withdraw and watch as their team mates headed off to Rio without them. Not to be outdone Izzy was a last minute addition to the team of jockeys in the Magnolia Cup Charity race at Glorious Goodwood and boy what a race she had, taking home the winner's cup in style.
She certainly doesn't seem to be slowing down, this impressive rider continues to grow in confidence and ability and we are extremely excited to see what the rest of the 2016 season holds for her.
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